Carol Young, Shoreview MN

Fishing lures.

Water Color & photo art.

Treasures on the Trail

Most of the items in my shop are created by myself.  I make jewelry, dish towels, pot holders, stained glass, artwork, aluminum can flowers, t-shirts, magnets, coasters and much more.  I always like trying something new, so you will never know what my latest creation is. 

Art by Pat Smith, Everett WA

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The Artists

Joan Johnson, Howard Lake MN

Handcrafted, original cards for all occasions.

Crooked Pine Farm was established in 2011.  We are a little farm located in southeastern Minnesota where farmland meets rolling valley and bluffs.  We raise a small herd of French Alpine dairy goats that supply us with fresh milk for our handmade soap.  Ever since I was a teenager, I have always wanted to learn how to make handmade soap the traditional way.  I then had the opportunity to become fast friends with a special woman who gave me a "beginners" recipe for cold process soap and from there on I began experimenting and sharing the results with family and friends.  Thus, Crooked Pine Soap was born.  Here at Crooked Pine Soap, we believe you have the right to quality, handmade soap done the traditional, artisan way.  We use our fresh goat milk, organic oils of coconut, sunflower, shea butter, non-gmo canola, olive, rice bran and castor oil in our original recipe, as well as formulating specialty recipes with other oils and natural butters.  We also use sodium hydroxide, which is used during the saponification process to turn the oils into soap and none remains in the finished product.  All real soap is made with saponified oils.  The only additives we use are true and real, such as raw honey, oatmeal, clays, herbs, cornmeal, coffee grounds, pumpkin puree, etc.  The passion we have for our farm, homesteading ways and respect for the land around us is shown in each and every bar that we offer.

Wayne Carrigan, Chatfield MN

Crooked Pine Soap, Lewiston, MN

I like to experiment with new techniques so there is not always an answer to why I do what I do.  I'm inspired by always wanting to learn something I haven't done before.  "Found" surfaces are an inspiration, and challenge me to explore new avenues of expression. 

Paintings evolve slowly, through layers of paint and glaze.  Scraping away with a palette knife adds texture and movement.  Building layers of color with a palette knife and brush, using techniques that allow the paint to have an uncontrolled life of its own.

I'm inspired by reclaimed objects...canvas, old books, wood and metal.  They come with a personality and I add to that with my art and create my own style.

Jane Lewis, Owner, Treasures on the Trail, Whalan, MN